Shock Factor

Published Monday, 28 October 2013
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A collective gasp could be heard in homes across the country as Hannah Barrett's name was called to perform in this week's bottom two.

This was a genuine shock for all involved because from her first audition Hannah has been a clear favourite for the X Factor title.

And rightly so as there is no doubt she is one of the better singers in the competition. (Sorry Sam Callahan - you're still pretty!)

So why did the public not vote for her?

Gary Barlow's theory suggested the public may have assumed that she was safe simply because she was so good - and this may be true.

Or maybe the viewing public are collectively conspiring to ruin the X Factor?

This is probably not true.

A shock placement in the bottom two has happened many times in X Factor history and potential winners have been struck down in their prime because of it.

Last year Ella Henderson found herself in this position and unfortunately for her, she was pitted against eventual winner James Arthur.

So while she very well may have been a contender for the final, Ella was voted off in what was a very tough decision for the Judges and headed back to obscurity.

2010 hopeful Aiden Grimshaw met a similar fate under even more unbelievable circumstances when he was up against an arguably less talented Katie Waissel.

The Judges had the decency to take the vote to deadlock on that occasion and poor Aiden was ousted at the hands of the public.

Bear in mind Wagner still had a place in the competition at this point - ouch!

Shocks will happen in the X Factor and as good old Louis Walsh likes to remind us on a weekly basis "nobody is safe!! YOU HAVE TO KEEP VOTING!!"

Thanks Louis.

On a different note, with regards to the sing-off, I was under the impression that the Judges made their decision based on the contestants' final 'save-me' performance.

This clearly did not happen on Sunday.

Hannah was obviously saved because of the fact that she is the better singer BUT her performance sounded like a gin intoxicated girl warbling about an ex boyfriend.

I know she was emotional and all that, but her performance was affected by her tears and considering Miss Dynamix managed to keep it together, surely they should have been saved?

Something to think about Judges.

Well no doubt Hannah will "come back fighting" next week and continue on her X Factor "journey".

But just remember what Louis told us - "NOBODY IS SAFE!!! ... NOBODY!!!!"

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Ciaran in Beal Deirdre wrote (337 days ago):
Not even joking they are all awful
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Jackie Bell
Jackie Bell

Jackie joined UTV to report on all things entertaining, having previously worked in radio.

She spends her days covering stories from This Morning, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, with the occasional stop at the X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and Dancing on Ice.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to the cinema to see whatever is on offer and watching the X Factor (which worked out quite nicely considering her job).

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